Skip to comments.Syria turmoil:Fresh protests erupt (As The World Burns)
Posted on 03/26/2011 9:01:45 AM PDT by Nextrush
26 March 2011 Last updated at 11:31 ET
Fresh protests have flared in Syria, a day after a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
Thousands protested Saturday in the southern town of Tafas, burning down a ruling Baath party HQ, witnesses said, while hundreds renewed demonstrations in nearby Deraa.
The authorities earlier released more than 200 political prisoners in Damascus, a UK-based rights group said.
Witnesses say dozens of people have died in protests this week.......
The biggest protests Saturday were in Tafas, 18km (11 miles) north of the city of Deraa, which is close to the Jordanian border and which has become the center of the most serious challenge to the 11-year rule of President Bashar-el-Assad.
Thousands took to the streets of Tafas to bury three protestors who witnesses said had been killed by security forces on Friday......
(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...
Word on the Al-Jazeera blog is that the Syrian government is planning some sort of annoucement to placate the protestors with "reforms."
Where are the tommyhawks.
Sure looks like WW3 is under way. Too bad we have a boy king playing President at this time; kinda’ like fighting with both hands tied behind our back.
"Pro-democracy" is not an accurate characterization at all. The outcome of spreading protests across the middle east will likely result in just the opposite.
Didn’t Speaker Pelosi notice anything wrong when she visited?
That whole are is coming completely unhinged, not that they were not 90% of the way there to begin with.
You’ve got that one right on the money.
What will a guy like Assad do to stay in power????
Start shooting at Israel????????
Let’s all say it together now, it is Bush’s fault!
All these Middle East “democracy” movements are more about the price of food and the lack of jobs. I do not think these folks really care about democracy much as they are in getting a new face to lead them be that new face a democrat, socialist,communist, dictator, plutocrat, or shariacrat.
What they will discover when they get a new face is that their failed society is a cultural failure rather than a political failure. After all is said and done, they will still be broke,poor,bitter and filled with hate for the West.
The latest on the Al-Jazeera blog with events reported in Syrian time (6 hours ahead of ET in US)
550pm Unconfirmed reports say President Bashar al-Assad will speak on state media later today
541 pm Protestors and government forces clash in the coastal city of Latakia, where demonstrators set fire to the offices of President Bashar Asaad’s ruling Baath party, an activist said. Dozens of people staged an anti-government protest before attacking the building in Latakia, Ammar Qurabi, an exile in Egypt, who heads Syria’s National Organization for Human rights said......
Wondering if Bush’s idea of “Democracy” in the ME is coming true?
Was the Iraq War and subsequent freedom for the Iraqi people the “shot heard ‘round the Middle East.”
How about the Shia covets Mecca and Medina, now held by the Suni Sa’ud family?
WW III has started. The beginning of the end of the world as we knew it.
I dont know about WWIII but it usually takes time to get a a true perspective on what’s going on. There are a number of historians who say that there was no WWI or WWII, but one larger war that lasted from around 1914 to 1991. It started with WWI and the assassination of the archduke and it ended with the dissolution of the USSR. WWI, WWII, the Cold War, were all part of the larger 77 year struggle.
The same could be happening here. It could be years before we really sort everything out.
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